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According to Their Blood, They 'Should Have Been Dead'

How the highest lab on the planet tried to unlock the secrets of human oxygen efficiency

(Newser) - Mike Grocott's resume may seem at odds with itself at first glance: The Brit is a professor of anesthesia and what Americans would call ICU-related medicine, and he also heads up Xtreme Everest, which has essentially put a lab higher than any other on Earth to study how oxygen-light... More »

Michael Moore Tweets From Bed in the ICU

He's laid up with pneumonia

(Newser) - Michael Moore has been a busy man lately, taking on the Flint water crisis , promoting his upcoming movie Where to Invade Next , and even stumping for Bernie Sanders . But there's been a temporary setback: The filmmaker has been in the ICU with pneumonia since Sunday night, the Detroit Free ... More »

Daughter Weds in Hospital So Dad Can Give Her Away

It was the family's 2nd hospital wedding in a week

(Newser) - Jubal Early Kirby, 49, is terminally ill with a lung disease called pulmonary fibrosis and has spent three weeks in a hospital in Charlotte, NC. So Kaila Kirby, the younger of his two daughters, decided to move her July 2016 wedding up a bit—to Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving,... More »

Know America's Costliest Health Condition? No Way

Deadly but treatable, Sepsis is a complication of infections

(Newser) - Most Americans have never heard of sepsis, but the condition hospitalizes a million patients every year—more than heart attack and stroke hospitalizations combined—and is the nation's costliest reason for hospitalization, the Conversation reports. Yet it's hard to diagnose and many doctors don't look for, let... More »

Joan Rivers Out of ICU

But family doesn't report any signs of improvement

(Newser) - Joan Rivers' family remains tight-lipped about the comedian's condition. Daughter Melissa released another short statement today: “My mother has been moved out of intensive care and into a private room where she is being kept comfortable,” it says. “Thank you for your continued support.” The... More »

ICUs Try to Get Patients Out of Bed

Mobile, lightly sedated patients fare better, study finds

(Newser) - Doctors are finding that ICU patients who are woken every day and even get up and walk around do better than those who remain heavily sedated, the New York Times reports. A recent study showed that just 5 days on a ventilator left some patients barely able to move. Problems... More »

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